December 2022


The traces of blood on brushing are not from the teeth but from the gums which are one of the structures in the mouth that support teeth; others being bone, ligaments. Bleeding gums is a common and mild form of gum disease, and it’s caused by a buildup of plaque/tartar at your gumline. It is always referred to as inflammation ofyour gums or gingivitis. If you have gingivitis, your gums may be irritated, red, and swollen. They may bleed when you brush your teeth. This buildup of plaque/tartar is usually because either you are not brushing well or the toothbrush you use isn’t doing a good job in your mouth. If this gum disease isn’t addressed, it can lead to other conditions like bad breath, painful collections of pus, loose teeth, loss of teeth, conditions affecting the bone like periodontitis. Mild cases of gum disease can usually be treated by maintaining a good level of oral hygiene. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing regularly. You should also make sure you go for regular dental check-ups. You should make an appointment to see your dentist if your gums are painful, swollen, or bleed when you brush your teeth. DR. OKIM JOHN PAUL DENTAL SURGEON, DENTAL IMPLANTOLOGIST UDA PUBLICITY SECRETARIAT

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